Stephen C. Foster State Park

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» Boating Notice:
› Boating activities may be restricted during low water levels.

» Visitor Notices:
› The park is located 18 miles from Fargo and 50 miles from a major grocery store.
› Visitors should bring all supplies with them and have plenty of gasoline in their vehicle.
› Cell phone service may be unreliable.
› Late arrivals are not allowed due to NWR regulations.

"From Stephen C. Foster State Park, let North America’s largest black water swamp’s current drift you through the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge and disconnect you from the modern world on a journey to encounter primordial wildlife, touch history and see the universe unfold in the dark skies above."

This remote park is a primary entrance to the legendary Okefenokee Swamp—one of Georgia's seven natural wonders. Spanish moss-laced trees reflect off the black swamp waters, while cypress knees rise upward from the glass-like surface. Here, paddlers and photographers will enjoy breathtaking scenery and abundant wildlife. Alligators, turtles, raccoons, black bears, deer, ibis, herons, wood storks, red-cockaded woodpeckers and numerous other creatures make their homes in the 402,000-acre refuge. Stargazers will appreciate the particularly dark sky

Same-day reservations are recommended for guided pontoon boat tours of the swamp. Sunset tours may be available. More adventurous visitors may wish to rent canoes, kayaks or jon boats for further exploration of the swamp, including a trip to historic Billy’s Island. Fishing in the lake is excellent, particularly for warmouth, bluegill, catfish, chain pickerel and bowfin. Boating is dependent upon water levels.  

Perhaps the most famous inhabitant of the Okefenokee Swamp is the American Alligator. Officials estimate that 12,000 of the country’s largest reptile live within the 402,000-acre refuge. To safely view these creatures, visitors should admire them from a distance and keep hands and feet inside boats. Pets are not allowed in boats, even privately owned vessels.  

Because Stephen C. Foster State Park is located within a National Wildlife Refuge, gates lock at closing and a $5 refuge fee is charged.


GPS Coordinates:

N 30.8269500 | W -082.3621000
Located 18 miles northeast of Fargo at the end of Highway 177. Note that GPS directions are often not accurate; consult a highway map.

17515 Highway 177
Fargo, GA 31631
Clinch County



Paddle Under the Stars
Friday, Mar 31, 2017 7 PM to 9 PM
Friday, Apr 7, 2017 7 PM to 9 PM
Saturday, Apr 15, 2017 7 PM to 9 PM
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Presenter/Location: Stephen C. Foster State Park
Join a ranger-guided paddle in a canoe or kayak while the sun sets over the Okefenokee. Watch the last light of day fade into the night, leaving only the stars and the moon to guide the way...  $15-$20 plus $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Swamper's Guide to the Galaxy
Saturday, Apr 1, 2017 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Saturday, Apr 8, 2017 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Friday, Apr 14, 2017 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM
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Presenter/Location: Stephen C. Foster State Park
Watch for meteors, planets, observe the moon or take in all the stars above as we gaze upon a truly dark sky from deep within the Okefenokee. We will use both our unaided eyes and telescopes while we stargaze. Stephen C... $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Sunset Boat Tour of the Swamp
Sunday, Apr 2, 2017 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Sunday, Apr 9, 2017 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Sunday, Apr 16, 2017 7 PM to 9 PM
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Presenter/Location: Stephen C. Foster State Park
Sit back and relax while one of our rangers takes you out on Billy's Lake for a beautiful, Okefenokee sunset. Enjoy all the wildlife that the Okefenokee has to offer from alligators to the magnificent birds as they find a place to roost for the night...  $15 - $20 plus $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Okefenokee Swamp Paddle to Billy's Island
Tuesday, Apr 4, 2017 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Wednesday, Apr 12, 2017 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Wednesday, Apr 19, 2017 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
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Presenter/Location: Stephen C. Foster State Park
Join our park ranger as we paddle 2 miles to Billy's Island. Once there, we will dock our boats, hike the short trail and learn about the history of life on the swamp prior to it being a refuge.We will return as the sun begins to set over the swamp. Sign up in advance.  $20-$25 plus $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
John and Karen Stone